TDSB families are invited to join for a series of engaging and informative conversations on topics we heard you want to learn more about. Hear from leading experts and participate in question and answer sessions online. (Note: these ones might be particularly appealing to parents with children in higher grades, although parents with younger children might find them eye-opening as well)

Screenagers Next Chapter — Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience Screening

  • Speaker: Screening followed by facilitated conversation with Director Delaney Rushton
  • Thursday, March 25, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

High stress, anxiety and depression are experienced by millions of young people. In the documentary Screenagers, we witness Delaney as she finds her way from ineffective parenting to much-improved strategies. We follow other personal stories of families from an array of backgrounds with a spectrum of emotional challenges. We also observe approaches in schools that provide strategies relevant beyond the classroom setting. Interwoven into the stories are surprising insights from brain researchers, psychologists, and thought-leaders that reveal evidence-based ways to support mental wellness among our youth. The impact of social media and other screen time is incorporated in all the topics raised Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, how it may be impacting our teen’s mental health, and what we can do to help foster youth in the face of struggles.

Navigating Life’s Highs and Lows for Teenage Girls

Lisa Damour is the author of two New York Times bestselling books, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. She writes the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times, co-hosts the Ask Lisa podcast, appears as a regular contributor to CBS News, works in collaboration with UNICEF, and serves on the Advisory Board for Parents magazine. Dr. Damour will deliver an insightful and informative conversation about guiding teenage girls through the seven transitions into adulthood.

More Conversations:

Past conversations can be found and watched here:
– Families Amidst Racial Traumas
– How Children Understand Race and How Adults Can Help

Thanking Frankland staff & teachers.

Back at it! Starting the first day on a sweet note for our incredible team of Frankland staff & teachers. They keep our kids happy, safe & (wait for it…) SHARP! Who can resist a good pun – or delicious truffle from our neighbourhood Avoca Chocolates for that matter?! Thank you to the Spirit Squad for organizing!

More Resources/Book Recommendations for Black History Month

More amazing books to be read during Black History Month (but, really, any time of the year!) can be found on the Mighty Girl website (for boys, too! 🙂).

And here are some recommendations from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE): Raising and Teaching Anti-Racist Kids (divided by age)

As always, we welcome your own suggestions for resources and reading recommendations in the comments and on Facebook/Instagram. 📚

Building an Anti-racist School Community: Virtual Joint Ward Forum on Feb. 18

From unintentional microaggressions, to a culture of exclusion (among students and parents), racialized families at Frankland almost always have a host of stories to tell on racism they have encountered across the school community. It is an important topic and we hope to learn more about building a more inclusive and actively anti-racist school community. Please join!

Link to the Registration form (register at least 24hrs in advance).

Download the full flyer (with clickable links).